The Reluctant Fundamentalist By Tomas Keneally

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The perception of myself is very subjective, it is never concrete, but rather develops as my experiences and biases change. The one book I have read explore the concept of the loss of an identity. Set pre to post 9/11, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid explores, the engaging narrative of Changez, who is a Pakistani living in the terrorism altered America. He recounts his life story to the reader, who is presumed to be an American agent or a business man. On the other hand, Schindler’s List by Tomas Keneally is a true story of Oskar Schindler a German businessman, who does not object to using Jewish slave labor. Over time, he is deeply affected by the treatment of the Jews and beings to protect his Jewish employees. Schindler’s list …show more content…
Throughout school I have learned about the cruelty and unjust punishments that the Jews have faced during the holocaust. The book has served to reinforce my bias of the cruelty of the Nazis. While horseback riding, Schindler witnesses a ghetto Aktion, an Aktion is a non-military campaign to further Nazi ideals: “… they shot the women in the neck, and one of them, when the boy slid down the wall shimmering, jammed a boot down his head as if to hold it still and put the barrel against the back of his neck” (Keneally 129). The cruelty to which the SS operates in the book sickens me. I can still picture the cruel imagery of the brutal abuse and extermination of Jews. The story goes on to develop the character of Amon Goeth, the butcher of Płaszów, who is based on the real life Amon Goeth. He was an Austrian SS-Hauptsturmführer and the commandant of the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. His hatred for Jews and passion for the Nazi ideology leads him committing the worst war crimes. One morning Goeth steps out onto his front balcony: “… Goeth stepped out of his front door and murdered a prisoner at random … would soon prove to be habitual, and so would be Amon’s morning routine” (192). His lack of humanity allows him to do things unfathomable to me. Goeth orders the prisoner to be tested, in order to see which ones were capable of manual labour. All those who could not pass were …show more content…
Biases are meant to be in the book, it gives the characters life who you can root for or root against. It provides the reader a sense of connection to the characters. As biases often come from experiences and cultural standards, the readers biases’ are challenged or reinforced. In The reluctant Fundamentalist, reinforced my pro-American bias but goes on to challenge it. It allowed me to see the world from the perceptive of someone who is anti-America. Schindler’s List reinforced my bias that all Nazis were in fact all cruel and inhumane. Being bias in our media allows us to experience the same old materials but in a new light it provides us with a sense of individuality. I believe that biases are a necessity of

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